Nastiest opera ever?

April 28, 2011 by Norman Lebrecht

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The Schwetzingen Festival is staging the world premiere tonight of a new opera by Georg Friedrich Haas, the contemporary Austrian composer. Titled Bluthaus (Blood House), it describes the sale of a house where two murders were committed. ‘We waded in blood,’ said librettist Klaus Händel. Others are drawing explicit comparisons with the Kampusch child rape and abduction scandal. It sounds like exploitation opera at its worst.

Sarah Wegener sings the heroine, Nadja.

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